John Lilly’s thoughts on Opera moving to WebKit

John Lilly’s thoughts on Opera moving to WebKit:

But what I have learned being around the Mozilla folks is that technologies always, always, always have arcs. Seems obvious. But decisions that seem incredibly clear in the near term — say a period of 3 or 4 years — don’t always seem so clear several years later.

What we know for sure is this: monocultures always make more & faster progress in the near term when they’re stewarded by strong, vibrant leaders. But over time you get stuck. Companies change, sensibilities change. And then you’ve got all the technology, and all talent, and all of the best thinkers, all trapped on one technology stack.

What we do know is that in technology, we’ve never been served well by monocultures — we know this for sure. I worry that in our desire for clearer definition, easier standards, faster progress, we’re forgetting that we know this. Same as it ever was, I suppose.

 

4 Responses to John Lilly’s thoughts on Opera moving to WebKit

  1. Penis Dickhead

    For valentines day I got my bitch FireFox for android. Bitches love the web.

  2. Mozilla has a Firefox monoculture :) Of course, the reasons for that are understandable – limited resources, needed to focus on something that’s shipping, clearing advancing, and growing. This does mean that, for example, Minimo (the Windows CE browser) didn’t get much love and getting a portable browser shipped (in Firefox for Android) was hard due to things like assumptions of hardware performance. The embedding APIs were constantly neglected and eventually abandoned. Were these the wrong decisions? Probably not, given the context they were made in – but I can’t help but think that the world would be a lot different if Chrome had been built on a fork of Gecko instead. It’s not like those folks didn’t know what Mozilla was.

  3. Mozilla has a Firefox monoculture :) Of course, the reasons for that are understandable – limited resources, needed to focus on something that\’s shipping, clearing advancing, and growing. This does mean that, for example, Minimo (the Windows CE browser) didn\’t get much love and getting a portable browser shipped (in Firefox for Android) was hard due to things like assumptions of hardware performance. The embedding APIs were constantly neglected and eventually abandoned. Were these the wrong decisions? Probably not, given the context they were made in – but I can\’t help but think that the world would be a lot different if Chrome had been built on a fork of Gecko instead. It\’s not like those folks didn\’t know what Mozilla was.

  4. I am not at all sure what people think is new about this Opera moving to Webkit news. It was obvious this was going to happen back when they decided to release a version for iphones using webkit and V8. They really don;t have the resources to support a different version for desktop and mobile.